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. even though he has not been read his miranda rights because the government invoked a public safety exception which permits law enforcement to engage in a limited and focused interrogation. joining me now for more on these developments is kent schafer, criminal defense attorney with buyers, schafer and deboard. god to s good to see you, sir. >> thank you. good afternoon. >> what's your take on this? why charge him with a weapons of mass destruction charge and not murder or conspiracy? >> well, actually, it's a much easier charge for the government to prove. in this case, they have to prove two things. that he used or possessed a weapon of mass destruction and that it resulted in somebody's death. by doing that, he'd be eligible for the federal death penalty. where under massachusetts state law, if they charged murder, he wouldn't be eligible for the death penalty. so virtually, you know, from a prosecutor's standpoint, it cuts out all the fluff. it's a very simple case. there's case law on top of case law saying that a bomb like this is defined as a weapon of mass destruction. so it
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